There are different types of people out there, and some think it is rather odd to share a list of books read for the year. “Who cares?” However, please know, that among readers, sharing book lists (as well as reading plans for the year to come) is common. I enjoy perusing these lists.
Also, in regards to different folks out there, some are flabbergasted that anyone could or would read so many books. Reading more than about 10 books is considered amazing or odd by some. “Don’t you have anything better to do?” However, among serious readers, my reading of 40 books is a low number actually! Some read 100 or more books a year.
But the number of books read is in one sense a useless figure. I know one serious and prolific reader who does not keep track of the number. The type of books read and their length are factors. For example, while I only read 40 books, two of these books were in the 800 page range, and another was a 3-volume commentary totaling about 1,600 pages. That is 3,200 pages, which could be the equivalent of 16 two-hundred page books!
Here is my list of books, which I hope is accurate. (Sometimes when I review my list for the year, I’ll note a missing book or a book I accidentally recorded twice, etc.)
I link to any that I reviewed or referred to in a blog post. A couple books I still plan to review, and I’ll update the links then.
- Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World by Don Richardson
- Unbroken, A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
- Evidence Not Seen, A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose
- Jonah, The Reluctant Prophet by William Banks
- The Narcissism Epidemic by Twenge and Campbell
- Knowing Christ by Mark Jones
- Go Preach, A Primer for Beginning Preachers by John Gilbert
- Graceful Evangelism, Christian Witness in a Complex World by Francis Adeney
- Paul’s Missionary Methods, In His Time and Ours – Edited by Plummer and Terry
- Let the Whole Church say Amen, A Guide for Those who Pray in Public by L. Stookey
- Lime Green, Reshaping our View of Women in the Church by Jackie Roese
- The Confessions of St. Augustine (intro by John Ryan)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Paul and Gender, Reclaiming the Apostles Vision for Men and Women in Christ by Cynthia Long Westfall
- No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
- The United Methodist Way, Living our Beliefs by Kenneth Carder
- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
- The Community of God, a Theology of the Church from a Reluctant Pastor by Doug Bursch
- The Hand of God, The Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor who Changed his Mind by Bernard Nathanson
- The Book of Isaiah (Commentary) Volume 1, Chapters 1-18, by Edward Young
- Raised from Obscurity, a Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts by Forbes and Harrower
- Jesus, The Life and Ministry of God the Son, Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer
- The Word of God for the People of God, an Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture by J. Todd Billings
- Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine by Charles Ryrie
- The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven Lawson
- Real Christianity, Discerning True Christianity from False Beliefs by William Wilberforce
- Who’s Tampering with the Trinity? An Assessment of the Subordination Debate by Millard Erickson
- The Book of Isaiah (Commentary) Volume 2, Chapters 19-39, by Edward Young
- Each One a Minister, Using God’s Gifts for Ministry by William Carter
- God Space, Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God by Keri Wyatt Kent
- Under the Glacier by Halldor Laxness (translated to English from Icelandic)
- Worshiping with United Methodists by Hoyt Hickman
- Gender Roles and the People of God, Rethinking What we Were Taught About Men and Women in the Church By Alice Matthew
- Israel Matters, Why Christians Must Think Differently About the People and Land by Gerald McDermott
- Psalm 23, The Song of a Passionate Heart by David Roper
- The Pearl of Psalms (Psalm 23) by George Henderson
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark
- The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators edited by Robinson and Larson
- The Book of Isaiah (Commentary) Volume 3, Chapters 40-66, by Edward Young
- Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach
If I had to chose 10 for a Top Ten, it would be (in no particular order):
Eternity in Their Hearts (#1)
Evidence Not Seen (#3)
Knowing Christ (#6)
Paul and Gender (#14)
No Man is an Island (#15)
The Hand of God (#19)
Gender Roles (#33)
Israel Matters (#34)
Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell (#37)
Well, that ended up a top 9! I could not decide on a tenth! And top lists can be a bit useless too, as books can be good for different reasons. For example, Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell is a completely different type of book than Knowing Christ!! On that note, I was amused how often Methodists were mentioned, in passing, in Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell. Perhaps a testament to how influential the Methodists were in the 19th century.
Laura Droege said:
I read #3 in college for American history. (This was at the Christian college.) Great book, from what little I remember of it.
I stumbled upon this book at a used book store. It deeply moved me. When I finished reading it, it is one of only a handful of books in my life, where I thought that I’d like to buy a box full to give away. But, alas, most people aren’t readers.
Laura Droege said:
I think most people don’t know about this book. Outside of that class, I’ve never heard/read mention of it before now. People might really want to read it but have no idea it exists. I know people who probably would like it, actually. Most of the folks at church seem to read NF (and lots of it) so I may recommend it to some of them!
I have the Edward Young Isaiah series, but it is packed out in the garage. So is my Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, for that matter! If I could go back in time…
I never read the Eternity in Their Hearts book, but it has always sounded to me like a cool book.
I read the Messy Grace book a while back. The author actually commented on my post.
Yes, Eternity in their Hearts I’d heard about so many times over the years! I finally made it a priority to read it. I actually read it once, and then skim read through parts a second time. It was really amazing how some of these tribal groups/cultures in the 1800’s were literally ready and prepared for Christian missionaries to arrive – seeds of truth had been preserved in their stories for generations – and the missionaries had an “easy” job of it (in one sense).
Isaiah was a long book to read and study through. I read Isaiah twice, and went through the commentary along with it as I read Isaiah the 2nd time.
I may review Messy Grace too.
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